Crank

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The first thing the author explains in the book is that this story is based in the story of her own daughter and her addiction to meth so it already gives you an idea of what is coming and yet I did not expect to be so moved by this stiry.

The story is pretty straight-forward. Kristina, a good girl and student, gets into drugs over the summer and then her whole life becomes controlled by them. Nothing you haven’t heard before and not less devastating because of that. Written on first person and in verse it is a very intense novel that had me uneasy and in tension the whole time I was reading it. This is a novel that will really get you in the shoes of the protagonist  and strike a chord.

There are two other novels after this one, Glass and Fallout, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading them. I have to prepare myself for such an intense read, and also find them at a reasonable price.

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Cosmos

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There is something about a girls night out that just makes the world feel better. For one thing, it really makes me feel like it is summer and, also, it makes me feel like I can talk about almost anything and I won’t be judged. Almost. I have a feeling that we needed Cosmos but I wouldn’t know, I have never watched Sex in the City. And still it was good and felt exactly like what I needed.

Harry Potter

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Football, student’s evaluations, finding a place for the summer and a long etc. have kept me but I’m back and refreshed. Among the everything I have been doing I have been rereading Harry Potter. I’m still on the first book but I can’t believe it had been so long since I last read it.

I know there are a lot of people who think rereading books is a waste of time because there are so many others to read but I just don’t share that thought. Reading a bok one more time gives me a chance to focus on the details I missed the first time. In this case I was able to relive how Harry discovers the magical world and how, well, magical it all is. I love to read about how he became friends with Ron and Hermione and what his first days at Hogwarts were like. The last books were too dark but this one really allows you to enjoy the castle, the classes and all the little things of the magical world.

May be it’s because I’m a bit nostalgic lately but I’m falling in love with these books all over again.

Bunheads

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Amy Sherman-Palladino has a new show and it’s…, well it’s summer, that’s what it is, so I will watch pretty much anything. It is not so bad, though, and it has Kelly Bishop behaving a lot like Emily Gilmore, so I will give it points for that.

The show is about Michelle, a showgirl who lives in Vegas, whose marriage to a small-town guy will turn her life upside-down. After the wedding they move to his home town and, after her husband’s death, she will find herself the owner of a huge house and lands. She will then have to learn how to live in a small town and with her mother-in-law, Fanny. She is a ballet teacher, and nothing has really happened yet, but I suspect Michelle might get involved in the whole ballet thing.

As I say, it is not great, and the script is far from the witty lines of Gilmore Girls, but it is watchable. Probably not much to say for a show but it’s hot andall I want to do is sit on the couch and melt while watching something moderately entertaining.

Hacerse el sueco: origins

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There is an expression in Spanish “hacerse el sueco” which basically translates as “to do the Swedish”. So, for example, when you are in the subway, see that old friend from school that you haven’t seen in ages and pretend not to see him to avoid an awkward conversation, then you are doing the Swedish. Or, when my mom accuses me of not visiting her even though I said I would and I answer with “what?, did I say that? I don’t remember” but I know perfectly well I did say it, then I’m doing the Swedish too. Or, when the hundreds of Swedish people I have e-mailed this week choose to ignore the e-mails in their inboxes and pretend they never saw them, then, they are doing the Swedish. Well, at least I discovered how the expression came to be.

Luckily, not all Swedish people do it and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Try the video, this guy couldn’t be a better example 😉

Moonrise Kingdom

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On Saturday evening I spent one hour and a half watching this movie and half listening to my friend saying she is never going to let me pick a movie again. On my defense, the trailer of Moonrise Kingdom looked really sweet and she never ever chooses anything. I, however, thought the movie was ok.

It is about two children who fall in love and decide to run away from their families together. However policemen, boy scouts and social services will stand on the way of their young love. I know, it sounds cheesy but it really is not. I think the way it is presented is quite unconventional and the characters are quite original and transmit the sadness of the empty lives the two kids are trying to avoid. It’s a bit extravagant but if you keep an open mind, it’s quite nice.

I admit the children are weird and have a strange behavior but, at the same time, that is what makes the movie interesting. It was not sweet the way I thought it would be when I saw the trailer (kind of like Little Miss Sunshine) but it was cute on its own way. I think, that the only complaints I have are not about the movie itself but about the dubbing. I’m not against dubbing, per se, but children usually have terrible dubbers (try watching Harry Potter in Spanish and you will want to kill yourself). Other than that I think the movie was alright and would have been a lot more enjoyable without my friend. So, lesson learned, next time I’m going to the movies on my own, that way I will also avoid dubbing, it’s a win-win for my friend and for me.